Burma: Vice President Tin Aung Myint Oo resigns

File photo: Burma's former Vice President, Tin Aung Myint Oo
Image caption The former vice president has been described as a hardliner

Burmese authorities have confirmed that a vice president known as a hardliner has resigned.

Tin Aung Myint Oo had been ill and there have been reports that he left the post in May.

The military, who hold a quarter of the seats in parliament, will be choosing his successor.

The confirmation comes during the new parliamentary session, as MPs from the opposition party NLD began work for the first time.

The National League for Democracy's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is unable to attend the opening days of the session, citing exhaustion as a reason.

Ms Suu Kyi, who was freed from arrest in 2010 and elected to parliament this year amid continuing political reforms, has just returned from a high-profile trip to Europe.

Mr Tin, a former high-ranking general who was close to former military ruler Than Shwe, served as one of two vice presidents in Burma.

The second vice president, Sai Maw Khan, is a civilian doctor from the Shan ethnic group.

Mr Tin was nominated by military delegates in parliament.

The new vice president is expected to be named before 10 July.